Medieval Vessels

Filephoto: Roman mosaic: Odysseus and the Sirens

Scores of ancient shipwrecks found in Greek archipelago

RPM Nautical fundation, an American maritime research non-profit, announced this week that they have just uncovered a whopping 22 shipwrecks around the Fourni archipelago—a find they say adds 12 percent to the total number of known ancient shipwrecks in Greece. Over half of the wrecks date to the Late Roman Period (circa 300-600 A.D.). Overall, the shipwrecks span from the Archaic Period (700-480 B.C.) to the Classical (480-323 B.C.) and Hellenistic (323-31 B.C.) through the Late Medieval Period (16th century).

Ottoman fleet ablaze in Navarino bay, 20 Oct 1827

Archaeological diving parks to open in Greece

After a joint decision between the Ministries of Culture and Mercantile Marine, Greece has announced the creation of its first two diving parks. Located near Pylos in the southwestern Peloponnese, both will enable visitors the opportunity to explore ancient shipwrecks and underwater archaeology. The first park is located at the islet of Sapientza, where archaeologists discovered the remains of ancient trading vessels dating to the Roman, Byzantine and medieval periods.